Caption: Mounties gather in front of Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy.

L-R: Jozie Seaman, of Portage, Pa., Nicole Mountford, of York, Pa., Ava Myers, of Gallitzin, Pa. and Katelynn Arnold, of Lewistown, Pa.; Chris Koren, Director of Mission Integration and Community Engagement – Front

Cresson, Pa. — A group of Mount Aloysius College students broadened their horizons as they traveled to Italy this summer. The cohort of Mounties earned academic credit as they were immersed in Italian culture.

The College collaborated with the Marco Polo Program Abroad. This short-term study abroad opportunity allowed students to travel within Italy without missing valuable time during the academic year. Students earned additional college credit, explored new cultures and dove deeper into their academic pursuits through hands-on field studies.

“Study-abroad programs can enhance students’ acquisition of a foreign language, improve their knowledge of the host culture, and even transform their worldviews,” said Ms. Chris Koren, Director of Mission Integration and Community Engagement at the College. “Although the benefit of international experience is well established, traditional semester or year-long study abroad programs can present a unique set of challenges, such as time or financial constraints, that prevent students from incorporating international experiential learning into their college education.”

Students earned six credits between May 7 and May 24 in the area of Italian Culture and Sustainability. The trip was also supported by Michael DelGrosso, board member and supporter of Mount Aloysius College.